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Book: The Generation by Holly Cave

Book: The Generation by Holly Cave

categories: Book, Genetic Engineering, Near Future, Dystopian Fiction, Science Fiction, Thriller, Speculative Fiction, London, Genetics, Science, Dystopia


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Author Holly Caveabout this book: The Generation is a fast-paced sci-fi thriller that draws the reader into a dystopian vision of London, England, in 2052.

The central theme of the novel is the meaning of identity: what really makes you the person you are? Is it your genes, your aspirations, the way your parents raised you? And what if scientists and the government thought they understood you better than you understood yourself?


• Shortlisted for the 2015 Mumsnet and Janklow & Nesbit novel award

• Editor's Choice in The Bookseller, March 2015

• "This début is a classy and atmospheric futuristic thriller about genetics and identity…" — Caroline Sanderson, The Bookseller

• "Cave's writing can feel very honest and in places cut straight to the heart of an emotion… The book contains the gorgeous imagery of a world that feels as if it could be just around the corner, helped by the local setting of London – be it in 2052. She teasingly eases you into her future world, which is just recognisable enough to feel possible." — Holly Bestley, I Science Magazine

• "The novel opens explosively after the citizens are victims of a bomb explosion, the aftermath of which everything about this world they have accepted begins to unravel; the space is literally burst open allowing the characters to question what's really below the surface." — Goodreads reviewer


I write science fiction that feels tangible, close to home. My books don't feature aliens and spaceships and time travel. They are about real people - people that you feel you could live next door to - in situations that are inspired by today's science.

The inspiration for this novel came at the right time. I was in my mid-twenties and somewhat discontent as I grappled with my own identity and place in the world. I found myself resisting definition, and the more I discovered about the science of identity, the more I longed for knowledge of a more soulful nature.

As I researched and explored what science has to say about what makes us unique individuals, I came across some astonishing stories and some remarkable people. It reaffirmed what I already knew: that human diversity is to be celebrated. We each have a universe within ourselves—completely unique—and shaped by our genes, the people around us, the substances that flow around us as we develop in the womb, and much, much more.

Freedom to be the person we are — and trying to become the person we want to be — is a wonderful thing. I imagined a future without that precious freedom, and in doing so, the chilling world of The Generation was born.

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